Excerpt: When we reviewed Roland’s SH-201 back in September 2006, we were really quite impressed by its balance of powerful synthesis and great sounds with ease of use and portability. It was with some excitement, then, that we got stuck into an exclusive, hands-on test of its successor, the SH-01.
Summary: The Gaia SH01 is Roland’s best-sounding ‘digital analogue’ since the JP8000. It should appeal to anyone who wants to program their own sounds but has neither the time nor the patience for menus and unnecessary complication.
Pros: Friendly user interface., Three-tone structure is simple, yet powerful., Built-in USB audio., Sixty-four notes of polyphony., Can run on batteries.
Cons: The usual for a budget synth — no aftertouch, external power supply., Despite all that polyphony, only multitimbral via a General MIDI synth.